The bankers did it again

For the ninth consecutive year the Bankers Variety Show packed the 100 Mile Community Hall

CIBC staff members Diana Buurmeester

CIBC staff members Diana Buurmeester

For the ninth consecutive year the Bankers Variety Show packed the 100 Mile Community Hall on March 24.

Master of ceremonies Larry Rode introduced the performers, all staff from the local financial institutions.

About 12 different skits were performed by staff lip-synching songs and dressing up in costumes ranging from Garth Brooks to Lady Gaga.

“We had a great time and the crowd certainly was very encouraging,” says co-organizer and performer Shawna Norton.

“I was a bit nervous at first, but its hard not to just have a good time when the audience is hooting and hollering.”

She adds everyone was so supportive.

The staff from all the banks did a wonderful job and really got into the spirit of the night, says Norton. Because she was getting ready for her routine, she missed the opening act by RBC belting out “Squeeze me In” by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. However, Norton says she heard great reviews.

“Everyone did a great job on their acts, from BMO dressing in Canadian garb, including Canadian Flags doing their impersonation of ‘Canadian Girls’ by Dean Brody.”

Each bank did three different skits, she adds.

“One of the Williams Lake and District Credit Union skits was “We are Young” by Fun. The staff made the set look like a synchronized swim meet complete with a blue tarp that represented water.

The Ninth Annual Bankers Variety Show brought in between $8,000 and $9,000, Norton says, adding a meeting is scheduled to determine the exact amount and to decide what local charities will benefit from the show.

“All of the banks donated auction items and the local businesses were so generous with their donations. The performances ended at 9 p.m., and then everyone enjoyed dancing to music provided by Rob Fry.”

It was an “awesome” evening, she says, adding they are already looking forward to next year.